The Book Tempter’s TBR Challenge

Posted March 26, 2020 by Nicky in General / 5 Comments

I’ve been meaning to do this post for days, so here we go! Here are my likely picks for the Book Tempter’s TBR challenge:

Cover of The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha ShannonBOOK 1 – The CHUNKY BOI: 500 pages+

The Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon. It’s been hanging around on my TBR for ages, and I even just got into it as a readalong group with coworkers!

BOOK 2 – The NEWBIE: The newest book on the TBR

All at the same age at the time of writing: Bringing Down The Duke (Evie Dunmore), Digging Up Armageddon (Eric H. Cline) or A Delicate Deception (Cat Sebastian). Not to mention the ARCs I’ve been racking up, like Laura Lam’s Goldilocks… or the books still winging their way to me, like Red, White and Royal Blue. I’ll count any one of the books I’ve added to my TBR since the lockdown began.

BOOK 3 – The OLDTIMER: The oldest book on the TBR

Oh, criminy. A lot of my oldest books are at my parents’, and we’re staying apart at the moment. If I’ve got Robin McKinley’s Dragonhaven here, it might be that; if not, I’ll probably go with something else from 2011. Maybe Daughter of the Forest, by Juliet Marillier.

Cover of A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra RowlandBOOK 4 – THE COLLECTOR: Short stories

Hmm, I’m fairly lacking in anthologies in print, but there’s probably something in my backlog on Kindle. If not, I’ll cheat a little and read N.K. Jemisin’s How Long Til Black Future Month?

BOOK 5 – DO NOT TRANSCEND GENRE: Read a book from your favourite genre

This one’s pretty open… let’s say I’ll use this as a prod to finish A Conspiracy of Truths, by Alexandra Rowland.

Cover of The Fifth Season, by N.K. JemisinBOOK 6, 7 and 8 – THREE IS COMPANY: A trilogy

I’m not going to nail myself to these, but probably N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season et al. I never read this series. I’m covered in shame, I know.

BOOK 9 – FACE REALITY: Non-fiction

I have lots and lots of options here. I’m bouncing off Mark Kurlansky’s Salt right now, so I’ll go with Dennis Baron’s What’s Your Pronoun?

Cover of What's Your Pronoun? Beyond He & She by Dennis BarronBOOK 10 – BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS: A book by a non-US/UK author

Technically I’ve read this before, but I can’t go onto the next book without rereading The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu.

BOOK 11 – RANDOMMMMMM: A random choice

This is meant to be “the third book from the left/bottom of the second shelf in your TBR”, and this is a complicated proposition with my shelves. I’m actually going to go with my library books for this one, and it looks like I’m reading Not Quite A Lady by Loretta Chase.

Book 12 – TREAT YOURSELF: A favourite or book by a favourite author

So this will be either The Goblin Emperor (Katherine Addison), or one of K.J. Charles’ books I haven’t read before — maybe Think of England.

Here we go!



5 responses to “The Book Tempter’s TBR Challenge

  1. The Samantha Shannon is now in paperback so I may order that from the bookshop, but otherwise I’m trying to whittle down my overabundance of unread books…

  2. I shall save any yelling of ‘Nikki you haven’t read The Broken Earth trilogy?’ (not least because I haven’t _finished_ The Broken Earth trilogy) and instead go with ‘oooooh Nikki you get to read The Broken Earth trilogy – enjoy!’ 🙂
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    • I started the first book the minute I got it, and then my brain exploded for whatever reason, and I put it down and… never caught up. Oops.

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